The report, which has not been officially released, focused on State Department efforts to measure efforts aimed at fighting improvised explosive devices in Pakistan. But the report quotes U.S. officials accusing the Pakistani government of delaying visas for American officers working on the problem.
“U.S. agencies have encountered ongoing challenges to their efforts to assist Pakistan, such as delays in obtaining visas and in the delivery of equipment,” the report says.
“This is outrageous,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) who has asked the GAO to conduct a new study on the effect of denying visas to U.S. counter-IED officials. “The Pakistanis need to be held accountable. We can’t allow that to persist.”
USA Today also reported back in January that the number of IED attacks hit a record high in Afghanistan last year, with more than 16,000. And according to new report from the Army Surgeon General’s office, U.S. troops troops are suffering more extensive physical damage, including multiple amputations, because of IEDs in Afghanistan than ever before.